A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter  -     By: Miriam Huffman Rockness
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A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter

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This is the story of the woman whose life of faith and devotion inspired the hymn "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus." Although art critic John Ruskin enthusiastically proclaimed Lilias Trotter's potential as one of the best artists of the nineteenth century, her devotion to Christ compelled her to abandon the life of art, privilege, and leisure she could have enjoyed.

Without knowing the language and without the sponsorship of any organization, Lilias left her London home of comfort for a modest dwelling in Algeria, where her love of literature and art became dynamic tools for evangelism, and where her compassionate heart captured the hearts of the people. For forty years, despite frail health and many obstacles, Lilias devoted herself to missionary service among the people of Algeria through her lifestyle of love and encouragement.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Discovery House
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.38 X 0.88 (inches)
ISBN: 1572931086
ISBN-13: 9781572931084

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Art critic John Ruskin enthusiastically proclaimed her potential as one of the best artists of the nineteenth century, but Lilias Trotter's devotion to Christ compelled her to surrender her life of art, privilege, and leisure. Leaving the home of her wealthy parents for a humble dwelling in Algeria, Lilias defied sterotypes and taboos that should have deterred any European woman from ministering in a Muslim country. Yet she stayed for nearly forty years, befriending Algerian Muslims with her appreciation for literature and art and winning them to Christ through her life of love.

Author Bio

Miriam Huffman Rockness is a graduate of Wheaton College and author of Keep These Things and Home: God's Design. She and her husband live in Florida.

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"I am stounded by... the beautiful expression of who Lilias was and what her legacy teaches us. I couldn't put [the book] down, as they say, and I read it--devoured it--carefully, gladly, and with great blessing... a "drop everything book"!

"Miriam Rockness [has done] a painstakingly superb job of researching original documents. Her book is [filled] with quotes that will challenge the reader's faith and obedience to God... a fresh look at another one of England's distinguished missionary pioneers..."

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    My daughter suggested I read this book because I enjoy biographies. I have now read it two times and will probably read it again. Her walk with God, her determination to share His Word wherever she could, being faithful to look for new ones God might have for them, and always sharing his love with those she met until her dying day was very challenging to me. This from a lady with a heart condition who had to take yearly trips to rest so she could continue to go where God gave her an open door. God used her passion for art and people for His glory
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